Video: Guy Protests TSA Grope and Grab Policies in His Speedo

Your video of the day, via Drudge:

In case you question the wisdom of stripping down to a speedo to protest embarrassing, invasive searches, the YouTube poster offers this by way of explanation:

My friend Jimmy successfully navigated a TSA security checkpoint in a speedo swimsuit at the Salt Lake City International Airport on Tuesday, November 23, 2010 with the words, ‘SCREW BIG SIS’ written on his back.

Why the speedo? With the way TSA screening is going it only seems like the next logical requirement for getting on an airplane. Soon TSA will be having us strip down to make the screening process more efficient, but not if we take a stand. In this sense Jimmy was merely obliging the TSA, but he was also exposing the ridiculousness of their policies. With the full-body scanners and TSA agents putting their hands down our pants, let’s be honest, a speedo is pretty modest.


LA Times: Poll finds 61% oppose new airport security measures

Click Orlando: Woman: TSA Agents Singled Me Out For My Breasts

Eliana Sutherland recently flew from Orlando International Airport and told Local 6 she felt the two male TSA workers were staring at her breasts and chose her for additional screening because of their size.”It was pretty obvious. One of the guys that was staring me up and down was the one who pulled me over,” said Sutherland. “Not a comfortable feeling.”

She may be right and she may be wrong….but she should not have been put into the position of having to wonder,

Linked by Michelle Malkin, The Other Mccain, thanks!


Video: Jason Mattera Interviews Bobby Jindal

The always fun to watch Jason Mattera interviews Bobby Jindal, who’s promoting his new book, Leadership and Crisis for Human Events: VIDEO: Gov Jindal: ‘Make Congressmen Part-time’:

It seems like an insurmountable task for GOP candidates to take out the liberal fixtures of Nancy Pelosi, Charlie Rangel, and Barney Frank in congressional elections, but how about making them part-time workers instead? Perhaps that’s one way to minimize the amount of unpopular legislation coming out of Washington these days. Bobby Jindal thinks so. According to him, it’s about time we slice and dice the number of hours lawmakers have in a work day.

I like the way Bobby’s mind works:


Tuesday afternoon, Megyn Kelly had Susan Estrich on her show to discuss the acrimony between Obama and the Governor during the Gulf Oil Spill.

Everybody else has had Jindal on their show…why does Megyn get stuck with Estrich? It doesn’t seem fair…

Linked by Michelle Malkin, thanks!


Senate Approves $1.15 Billion Pigford II Settlement – House Repubs Vow To Push Back

Why am I not surprised that ANSWER is involved with this scam?

The Daily Caller reports on a story that was pushed into the public spotlight a few months ago by none other than Andrew Breitbart.  Thanks to his controversial Shirley Sherrod video, bloggers like Zombie started sniffing into the story, and pointed out that there are many more individual discrimination claims than there are of black farmers in the country.

Despite numerous allegations of fraud, the Senate approved legislation by a voice vote Friday to fund $1.15 billion worth of settlements to black farmers who claim the U.S. Department of Agriculture discriminated against them.

The legislation now makes its way to the House, where Republican Reps. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, Steve King of Iowa, and Bob Goodlatte of Virginia have made it clear that they will be pushing hard to prevent its passage and will be calling for investigations into every claim prior to allowing any payoffs.


Sworn testimony before the House Judiciary Committee by the president of the National Black Farmers Association, John Boyd, put the number of black farmers in America at 18,000.
To date, more than 94,000 individuals have filed discrimination claims.

King told The Daily Caller that the process by which the money has been allocated is flawed.

“This new settlement, Pigford II, is not a class action lawsuit. This has not been approved by the court. This is something that has been negotiated by Eric Holder, Tom Vilsack and John Boyd,” King said. “They just sat down and made a deal. Congress doesn’t know what they’ve done [by passing it].”

USDA employees and FBI officials estimate that the number of fraudulent claims range from 50 percent to 95 percent.

Bachmann told TheDC that despite all the fuss over discrimination, there has not been one firing, reprimand, censure or fine at the USDA.

“Everything has been hurry, hurry, hurry. We have to funnel the money out the door. Especially when it comes just before the election,” she said. “There was every incentive for individuals to scam the taxpayer and there was no down side because a Democrat controlled Congress failed to look into oversight of the issue.”

Bachmann says the new Republican House will hold hearings and investigate every single claim before it goes out. 


Tuesday Link-Around

via Theo Spark’s Cartoon Round-up

It’s shaping up to be a busy news day- so let’s get started…

Hot Air: Breaking: North Korea attacks South Korea

The 60-year old war on the Korean peninsula flared back to life today, perhaps briefly, or perhaps not.  North Korea showered artillery fire on an island in the south, killing two South Korea Marines and prompting a return volley of fire.  Seoul put its armed forces on alert while everyone waits to see whether Pyongyang has decided to restart the Korean War.

Read Captain Ed’s full report and analysis.


Michelle Malkin has been reporting on the Obama administration’s alarming land grabs all year. Here’s the latest: Another Obama stealth land grab: Salazar and the NCLS:

Quick review: In August, I told you about the “Great Outdoors Initiative” to lock up more open spaces through executive order. This came on top on top of a separate, property-usurping initiative exposed by GOP Rep. Robert Bishop and Sen. Jim DeMint earlier this spring. According to an internal, 21-page Obama administration memo, 17 energy-rich areas in 11 states have been targeted as potential federal “monuments.” The Obama War on the West is a War on Jobs that extends from land to sea based on politicized junk science by executive fiat and czar evasion.

The latest power grab comes via Interior Secretary Ken Salazar — the unchecked, unaccountable data doctor and loathsome cowboy — who has just unilaterally elevated a government landscape conservation system to “directorate” status with no congressional debate, no witnesses, no testimony, no public input.

The full secretarial order is here

Read Michelle’s full report. There is some good news…Bishop, the likely GOP chairman of the House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands is ready to begin pushing back when Republicans take over the House next year.


Have you been watching the tear  Bobby Jindal has been on, promoting his new book, Leadership and Crisis? He’s been lambasting Obama’s “lackadaisical” response to the Gulf oil spill with  interesting stories about his personal interactions with the President about the crisis.

When Obama got off Air Force One to meet Governor Jindal on his first trip to the Gulf after the oil spill, what do you think was the first order of business on his mind?:

A. Ask the Governor for a current assessment of the situation.

B. Assure the Governor that the federal government is ready to cut through the red tape and give him all the help he needs.

C. Offer apologies for the Government’s slow reaction to the crisis.

D. Rake Jindal over the coals for “making him look bad”.

If you chose D, ding ding ding!

Jindal says after a second meeting, the President angrily slammed him again for “criticizing him in public”, which he says was the only way to get their attention.

Video of his appearance on Greta Van Susteren, last night, Here.


Renew America: Is another Notre Dame scandal brewing?

A female student who attended St. Mary’s College committed suicide after she was allegedly sexually attacked by one of Notre Dame’s football players — and the university has seemingly swept it under the rug — according to a Nov. 21 story in the Chicago Tribune.

Click here to read the story.

Noted Catholic scholar Charles E. Rice, professor emeritus at Notre Dame Law School, has issued the following statement (slightly edited) in response to the Tribune story and the scandalous actions of Notre Dame’s president, Father John Jenkins, in recent times:

Read Rice’s excellent letter at the link.


Washington times: EDITORIAL: TSA is a joke to al Qaeda, too

Groping nuns, kids and seniors won’t thwart terrorists

While the Transportation Security Administration is groping for an answer to air safety, al Qaeda is laughing. This week, the terror group publicly detailed its plans to circumvent the latest government security measures and bleed America to death.

The new edition of al Qaeda‘s glossy magazine, Inspire, discusses last month’s plot to down cargo planes with bombs hidden in printer ink cartridges, and a successful Sept. 3 UPS aircraft bombing in Dubai. These new techniques were born after underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab failed to detonate his explosive on Northwest flight 253 last Christmas. Since then, the terrorists say they “have been experimenting with ways to bring down airplanes. … We looked into X-ray scanners, full-body scanners, sniffing dogs and other aspects of security.”

The magazine includes technical details of how to construct weapons that will avoid X-ray and chemical sniffer detection, enabling other jihadist groups to try them out. An al Qaeda press release stated, “It is our plan to disseminate the idea to the mujahidin worldwide and to expand its deployment onto both civilian aircraft in the West as well as cargo aircraft.”

They’re laughing at us…


An important interview with Stanley Kurtz, on PJTV: Barack Obama, Radical-in-Chief (Part 1): Polarize & Socialize

Check back, much more to come.


Hot Air: How low will he go? Obama hits 39% job approval


Hey, remember when Chavez joked with Castro about “Comrade Obama”?

Now, this:

Daily Caller: Chavez responds to President Obama’s joke about visiting Venezuela, says he would ‘embrace’ president and ‘eat socialist arepas’ with him


I knew this was going to be a busy news day:

Massport investigating ‘suspicious package’ in Logan cargo building


iOWNTHEWORLD: Now We Know Why “They” Don’t Go Through The X-ray Scanners

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann just posted a link to this letter on her face book page.   It was written by several distinguished scientists concerning serious safety concerns regarding the  new x-ray technology currently used at TSA check points.

Late night comedians finally discover how funny Obama is - iOWNTHEWORLD has the latest jokes: The End Is Near


Crowd, Controversial Church Fight At Funeral “Controversial”? Uh…

Phelps clan making friends and influencing people in Harrisonville, MO.


What have Obama’s friends at ACORN been up to?

The Daily Caller: The voter fraud hall of shame: Milwaukee voter fraud conviction makes ACORN’s 2010 total at least 15

But but but but libs tell me there have been no voter fraud convictions! 


Michelle Malkin: Non-shocker of the day: Green jobs boondoogle a bust

Great piece by Peter Funt’s at the WSJ: Smile, You’re on Candid Scanner

Fun read at RWN: The 25 Best Quotes About Liberals (Psssst, John: say “lefties”. Liberal isn’t strong enough to describe these people, anymore).

Byron York: Empty promises on health care will haunt Obama

Barack Obama is only halfway through his term, but it’s not too early to ask: What is the biggest whopper he has told as president? So far, the hands-down winner is:”No matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise to the American people. If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period. If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan, period. No one will take it away, no matter what.”

Obama made that particular pledge in a speech to the American Medical Association in June 2009, but he said the same thing, with slight variations, dozens of times during the health care debate. And now, exactly eight months after he signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law, we’re seeing just how empty the president’s promise was.

The (not so) funny thing is, a lot of us knew he was lying…maybe most of us knew… but that didn’t stop him from saying it.

John Ziegler at The Daily Caller: The truth about Palin v. Couric


Pirate’s Cove: Business Leaders: We Won’t Be Placated With A Backyard Beer Summit

Linked by Michelle Malkin, thanks!


The MSM’s Grope and Change Double Standard

In case you’re wondering  how the media is handling Obama’s TSA Gropers as compared to Bush’s NSA Eavesdroppers, Newsbusters is hot on the case.

While the broadcast networks have generally empathized with the distress of airline passengers over the TSA’s new and intrusive airport searches, they have not — thus far, at least — gone so far as to impugn the Obama administration as launching a war against Americans’ civil liberties.

Indeed, NBC’s Matt Lauer on Monday even sympathized with TSA Administrator John Pistole: “I hate to even think of what happens if the government caves in on this, and relaxes these procedures, and someone manages to get something on board a plane and causes harm. Imagine the questions you’ll be asked at that point.”

But that’s not the approach those networks took when it was the Bush administration taking steps to protect citizens against potential attack. Instead, as a 2006 analysis by the Media Research Center documented, the networks firmly aligned themselves with those who saw the Patriot Act and the electronic surveillance of international phone calls as a dire threat to civil liberties.

While some on the Left claimed the media were enthusiastic boosters of the Bush administration in the days after 9/11, our analysts found network reporters began to question the idea of a vigorous War on Terror within days of the attacks. During live coverage on September 13, 2001, ABC’s late Peter Jennings suggested the United States might no longer be a free country. “Much of the evidence now being obtained in this investigation is being obtained under something called the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which is pretty much equivalent, I think some people believe, to martial law,” Jennings told former Clinton Justice Department official Eric Holder.

“As a result,” Jennings wondered, “do you believe that civil liberties have effectively been suspended in the country?”

For the next five years, network reporters would return to the “endangered civil liberties” topic in a majority of their stories about the Patriot Act (56 out of 91 stories, or 62%). The networks presented fears about a police state as valid and reasonable, perhaps even an admirable early warning. On the July 4, 2003 CBS Evening News, fill-in anchor John Roberts claimed that “as Americans celebrate their independence today, concern is growing that civil liberties are threatened as never before by the Patriot Act.”
In 2005, all three broadcast networks jumped on revelations in the New York Times that the National Security Agency (NSA) had been monitoring suspicious phone calls and e-mails to and from the United States. That first night, December 16, 2005, ABC’s World News Tonight began their broadcast with the words “Big Brother” beside a picture of President Bush; anchor Bob Woodruff teased, “Big Brother, the uproar over a secret presidential order giving the government unprecedented powers to spy on Americans.” 

So, just two days after the worst terrorist attack on the homeland, ever, Peter Jennings was already hammering Bush for spying on suspected terrorists. And who did he go to for commentary?! Why, Clinton’s crooked former Justice Dept official, Eric Holder, who as Obama’s Attorney General almost immediately dialed back Bush’s NSA policies, allowing perhaps three attacks on American soil. His suspension of the investigation into Major Nidal Hasan, enabled him to murder over 30 fellow Americans at Ft Hood.
Yet, The Obama administration gets a free pass on that.
It also gets a pass on its draconian screening procedures in US airports which target ordinary citizens.
Where are the cries of “big brother!” from the MSM over the countless horrific stories, (10 of the most outrageous outrages, here.) that have come out since these enhanced screening procedures began? Where’s the MSM on this story?: TSA Tried to Intimidate Man Who Recorded Strip-Search of Child into Deleting Video (Update).

This is why people increasingly turn to bloggers for news.
Bush was called a Constitution-shredding, tyrannical,  fascist dictator for allowing surveillance of suspected terrorists.
Yet, we have TSA employees under Obama literally telling people we give up our rights when we fly, and that’s just hunky dory.
Something is wrong with this picture.

It Begins: New Product Designed To Hide Privates From TSA Screeners Hits The Market

Video: Jack Webb Goes After The TSA

Video: Fox News Sunday: Lame Plans For Lame Ducks/ Big Bro Run A-Muck?

How The Obama Administration’s National Security Failures Led To “Grope and Change”

Video: 44 Ways To Say TSA

Ghailani Debacle Blamed On Bush


It Begins: New Product Designed To Hide Privates From TSA Screeners Hits The Market

Lady Gaga’s secrets can be safe.

The Rocky Flats Gear ad says, “Stop invasive and dangerous x-rays!

Something tells me that wearing these garments through airport scanners could backfire horribly on their owners. But I guess it’s worth a try, if some brave souls want to be the guinea pigs.

The Blaze reports:

It’s a special kind of underwear — with a strategically placed fig leaf design — and a Colorado man says it’ll get you through the airport screeners with your dignity intact.

Jeff Buske says his invention uses a powdered metal that protects people’s privacy when undergoing medical or security screenings.

The ad says “Protect your health. Protect your privacy. Protect your future.”

What I want to know is, could they also be used to protect the very types of items the scanners are looking for?


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Park51 Mosque Developers Apply For a $5 Million Federal Grant

The good news is the developers are short the cash they need to build their ground zero mosque. The bad news is they’re applying for $5 million in federal grant money set aside for the redevelopment of lower Manhattan after the attacks of September 11th, according to The Daily Beast’s John Avlon’s two sources who have direct knowledge of the matter.

The application was submitted under a “community and cultural enhancement” grant program administered by the Lower Manhattan Redevelopment Corporation (LMDC), which oversaw the $20 billion in federal aid allocated in the wake of 9/11 and is currently doling out millions in remaining taxpayer funds for community development. The redevelopment board declined to comment on the application (as did officials from Park51), citing the still ongoing and confidential process of determining the grant winners.

While news of the application has not previously been made public, developer Sharif El-Gamal outlined it in closed-door meetings, according to two individuals he spoke with directly. The thirtysomething, Brooklyn-born El-Gamal is motivated more by real estate ambition—one of these sources describes him as aspiring to be the next Donald Trump—than Islamic theology or ideology.

While the developers certainly have the right to apply for public money, it shows, once again, their callous disregard for the sensibilities of Americans who object to the notion of a mosque and Islamic center so close to ground zero.

“If Imam Feisal and his retinue want know why they’re not trusted, here’s yet another reason,” says Irshad Manji, author of The Trouble with Islam and Director of the Moral Courage Project at NYU, when I asked her about the grant proposal. “The New Yorkers I speak with have questions about Park51. Requesting money from public coffers without engaging the public shows a staggering lack of empathy—especially from a man who says he’s all about dialogue.”

Amazingly enough, they’re asking for way more than the suggested amount from this grant program:

Part of the strangeness of the application is that it blows past the suggested range of $100,000 to $1 million that these grants are supposed to fall to within (I’m told the entire pool for this round of cultural funding will come in under $20 million). According to the two sources knowledgeable about the thinking behind the proposal, the strategy behind the $5 million ballpark was trying to yield a higher figure in the end.

Because Avlon doesn’t believe the Park 51 project qualifies for the grant, he says they’ve positioned themselves into a lose-lose situation:

In the end, Park51’s application is likely to be unsuccessful financially while mobilizing a new round of opposition. It’s a lose-lose proposition put forward by a tone-deaf organization that seems determined to alienate allies and embolden opponents.

Perhaps since they’ve already been so successful in talking “multi-cultural New Yorkers” into accepting their ground zero mosque,  they decided they’d give it a whirl.

Hat tip: Weasel Zippers


Video: Jack Webb Goes After The TSA

Another fine video from Bullet People.

It’s great to know that the sensibilities of easily offended Muslim travelers are more important to the administration than the well being of our children:

Was that a tad melodramatic? I don’t know…you tell me.

See also:

IOWAHAWK: Comply With Me, the Video

Red State: The U.S. Police State Outrages Continue: Why is the TSA strip searching little boys?


TSA backing off?


Video: Fox News Sunday: Lame Plans For Lame Ducks/ Big Bro Run A-Muck?

If you’re like me, you’re in church when the Sunday talk shows are on. I like to catch up on YouTube.

Here, via The Patriot Network, is the FoxNews Sunday panel  discussing the lame duck session:

Here, the panel discusses grope and change: Big brother/sis run amuck?

More TSA outrages are detailed, here, in this report out of Chicago, via Gateway Pundit:

I don’t know how anyone can defend this stuff, (Juan and Bill). It’s PC run a-muck, is what it is. More profiling, and more invasive intelligence gathering on the real suspects, please.


George Will: The T.S. of A takes control

The theory – perhaps by now it seems like a quaint anachronism – on which the nation was founded is, or was: Government is instituted to protect preexisting natural rights essential to the pursuit of happiness. Today, that pursuit often requires flying, which sometimes involves the wanding of 3-year-olds and their equally suspect teddy bears.


How The Obama Administration’s National Security Failures Led To “Grope and Change”

In light of the recently enacted “grope and change” airport security measures, I though it might be instructive to review what brought us to this point in our nation’s history where nuns, toddlers, college kids, priests, rabbis, etc are being (“properly”) patted and pawed  by TSA  officers like common criminals at airport check points.

Since Obama was elected, there has been an alarming uptick in successful or near successful attacks on the homeland by Muslim extremists.

May 2009, Binghamton NY: N.Y. Shooting Massacre

June 2009, Little Rock, AR: Military Recruiting Center Shooting

November 2009, Fort Hood, TX: Fort Hood Gunman Who Killed 12, Wounded 30 Survived Gun Battle

December 2009, Detroit, MI: Panty-bomber, Northwest Airlines Flight 253

May 2010, NYC: Faisal Shahzad, Times Square Attack

AJ Strata has done an outstanding job detailing how Obama’s national security team, esp. John Brennan, Eric Holder, and Harold Koh made risky and dangerous decisions that left the United States exposed in at least two of those terrorist attacks. It had been  apparent early on that the Obama team felt that Bush’s national security policies put too much emphasis on checking out all threats, and felt it had not enough ‘probable cause’ to assess everyone in contact with known radicals. Strata argues persuasively that the national security changes that ensued led to the Ft Hood Massacre and Christmas Day bombing attempt.

…during the summer the Hasan investigation was shut down and Hasan was able to be in a position later in the fall to murder over 30 fellow Americans at Ft Hood.

Also during this time period, another African far from the war front and without any clear connections with al Qaeda was banned from the UK. One Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab – the underwear bomber.  He too was in contact with Islamist cleric al Aulaqi. But at this point it seems al Aulaqi was now being given the benefit of the doubt. No connection would be made until after his Christmas Day attack. Is it really coincidence that dots were not being connected at the same time the Obama administration was requiring strong proof of allegiance to al Qaeda before we would begin responding to threats?

Strata created the following timeline based on news reports from the Ft. Hood/Pantybomber attacks.

click to enlarge

Last year, as I noted in the post above, Team Obama began to restrict when we would use our hair triggers and when we would use the slow due process of the courts:

With the president’s directions in hand, Mr. Obama’s Justice Department came back on March 13, 2009, with a more modest position than Mr. Bush had advanced. It told Judge Bates that the president could detain without trial only people who were part of Al Qaeda or its affiliates, or their substantial supporters.

There was broad agreement that the law of armed conflict allowed the United States to detain as wartime prisoners anyone who was actually a part of Al Qaeda, as well as nonmembers who took positions alongside the enemy force and helped it. But some criticized the notion that the United States could also consider mere supporters, arrested far away, to be just as detainable without trial as enemy fighters.

What this meant was lots of marginally or distantly related allies could not be determined to be enemy combatants – there protections went up and our risk went up. That was especially true for American traitors like Anwar al Aulaqi, who is tied to all three attacks since last October. To act preemptively meant the government had to have already proven the suspect was a terrorist – which was impossible in the cases of Hasan, Abdulmutallab and Shahzad.

This insane determination actually lines up well with pre-election comments by Holder, and especially by Obama’s terrorism advisor John Brennan:

I would argue the government needs to have access to only those nuggets of information that have some kind of predicate. That way the government can touch it and pull back only that which is related. It’s like a magnet, set to a certain calibration. That’s what I think we need to go to.

In the immediate aftermath of 9/11, the threshold, quite frankly, was low, because we didn’t know the nature of the threat we faced here in the U.S.

[Post 9-11] Every effort was made by the government to try to get as much understanding and visibility into what else might be out there that’s going to hurt us again. Now that a number of years have passed, we need to make sure the calibration is important.

The wording is classic bureaucrat babbling, but it has a meaning. It meant Brennan, Holder and Obama concluded they knew enough about the threat to adjust our early warning network to be much less sensitive and intrusive on suspects. They were arrogantly wrong. Their changes introduced openings that al Qaeda and its allies exploited with surreal success.

You got that? As a direct result of the Obama administration’s decision to be less intrusive on actual terror suspects, it has become profoundly more intrusive on everyday Americans.

Remember that the next time a blue gloved hand slides up your inner thigh at an airport checkpoint.You gave up some rights when you bought the ticket, they’ll tell you.

Once upon a time the US government protected your rights. In Obamerica it protects the terrorists’ rights.

Linked by Conservative Hideout, thanks!


Your Sunday Hymn

Psalm actually – the Responsorial Psalm for  the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King:



Video: 44 Ways To Say TSA

“Mad-Hatter” Frederica Wilson(D-FL) Fighting Congress’s No Hat Rule

I could have downloaded more pictures…but I think you get the idea…This lady loves her hats!

And that’s a problem for the newly elected  Congresswoman from Florida’s District 17, because head dress is prohibited on the floor of the House:

Wilson, a Democrat from Miami, is known for having a hat for every outfit and every occasion. She’s probably more known for her trademark style than any piece of legislation she pushed or voted for, so it’s easy to understand why she would feel her identity is being stripped away.

“Hats are what I wear. People get excited when they see the hats. Once you get accustomed to it, it’s just me,” Wilson told the Miami Herald. “Some people wear wigs, or high heel shoes or big earrings or pins. This is just me.”

It looks like Ms. Wilson’s first fight in Congress is not going to be for her constituents, but well….for her hats.

The rule is “sexist”, she says.

Because as everyone knows, only women wear hats….or something.

Hat tip: The Shark Tank, who suggests she have a word about the outrage with fellow freshman Congressman and Afghan War Vet, Allen West.


Obama To Award Socialist Union Boss, John Sweeney, The Presidential Medal of Freedom

This is just too special…

Fox Nation reports:

President Obama today named AFL-CIO President Emeritus John Sweeney as a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. The award is presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors. 

Some background on Sweeney via Discover the Networks:
  • Former President of the AFL-CIO
  • Member of Democratic Socialists of America
  • Former President of the Service Employees International Union
  • Repealed an AFL-CIO rule prohibiting Communists from being leaders of its member unions
  • Instituted “Union Summer” program to radicalize union activists and inculcate class warfare ideas and tactics

According to activist and author Joel Kotkin, a longtime fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute:

“The public-sector unions have pushed the entire labor movement to the left. The [SEIU] has embraced organizations with a New Left origin, such as ACORN and Cleveland’s Nine to Five, and has even set up its own gay and lesbian caucus. … The rise of these unions led to the elevation of SEIU’s boss, John Sweeney, to head of the labor federation. No George Meaney-style bread-and-butter unionist, Sweeney is an advocate of European-style democratic socialism. He has opened the AFL-CIO to participation by delegates openly linked to the Communist Party, which enthusiastically backed his ascent. The U.S. Communist Party [CPUSA] says it is now ‘in complete accord’ with the AFL-CIO’s program. ‘The radical shift in both leadership and policy is a very positive, even historic change,’ wrote CPUSA National Chairman Gus Hall in 1996 after the AFL-CIO convention.”

Sweeney is a card-carrying member of Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), the principal American affiliate of the Socialist International.

Sweeney would not be the first Socialist Obama has given the award to. In  August of ’09, he awarded the medal to Sidney Poitier, who is described as a “classic poolside Socialist”, after the actor had publicly recommended that the salaries of CEOs everywhere be capped to $500,000 per year.

The 15 honorees this year  include, Maya Angelou­­, Congressman John Lewis, President George H. W. Bush, and Chancellor Angela Merkel. The full list, here.

Linked by Doug Ross


Friday Free-for-All!

Your reads o’ the day:

James Delingpole at the UK Telegraph: How the Climategate weasels wriggled free

Those few pieces on Climategate which HAVE appeared in the MSM tend to have consisted of the various guilty parties trying to spin their way out of it. The disgraced, FOI-breaching, email-deleting, scientific-method-abusing Phil Jones of the University of East Anglia, for example, has granted tame interviews in Nature magazine and the Times presenting himself as a man far more sinned against than sinning. Michael Mann has been doing a similar auto-whitewash job in the US. But if you want to see an ecotard Houdini act at its most sublimely nuanced and slippery, I highly recommend this piece of sophistry from Mike Hulme in the Guardian.

Here’s the bit where it gets really evil:

Keep reading.


The US civil Rights Commission is scheduled to approve the New Black Panther Case investigation report, today. Hans A. von Spakovsky has exclusive excerpts from the report at Pajamas Media. These last two paragraphs were of particular interest to me:

This report was scheduled to be approved on October 29. But former Pelosi aide Michael Yaki, one of the Democratic commissioners, walked out of that meeting to kill the quorum. He held a press conference in the Commission’s hallway denouncing the report, continuing his efforts to help the Obama administration cover up its wrongdoing at the Justice Department. Sources tell me Yaki is maneuvering behind the scenes to convince President Obama to appoint him as the new chairman of the Civil Rights Commission when the current chairman’s term expires in December. Yaki seems to believe that helping the Obama administration bury the report of the Civil Rights Commission will help achieve partisan goals.

Hopefully, enough of the other commissioners will be at the November 19 meeting to maintain a quorum even if Yaki goes through his usual delaying tactics. And this report is not necessarily the end of this investigation. The new incoming majority in the House of Representatives should take over the investigation of the Civil Rights Division and the New Black Panther case through its oversight function. The Justice Department will have a much harder time defying Congress the way it ignored the Commission on Civil Rights.

You may remember former the San Francisco lawyer, and Pelosi senior adviser, Yaki, as the contentiously critical liberal stalwart at the hearings. I think it’s safe to consider Yaki the new chairman of the  Civil Rights Commission. Bleh.


Hot Air: Senate Democrats unload on Obama

Ben Nelson, (one of the Scarborough 7?) doesn’t seem to appreciate the toxic environment Obama’s created for Dems. Tough luck. You guys voted for his toxic agenda. You get to live with the results.


Michelle Malkin: Ray LaHood: Obama’s Power-Mad Cell Phone Czar

Readers of Culture of Corruption already know all about this Chicago crony porker’s ties to Rahm Emanuel, Richard Daley, Rod Blagojevich, and Tony Rezko. For a trenchant look at LaHood’s penchant for government coercion and central planning, see chapter one of Terry Jeffrey’s Control Freaks.

God help us.


A little boy shares his visions of heaven from a near death experience when he was four.

video via The Right Scoop

Jimmie Bise at the Sundries Shack is Asking for a Small Tip Jar Miracle, But You Can Deliver It.

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Check back, I’ll be adding more as the day wears on.

Charles Krauthammer weighs in on airport security: Don’t Touch My Junk:

Don’t touch my junk is the anthem of the modern man, the Tea Party patriot, the late-life libertarian, the midterm election voter. Don’t touch my junk, Obamacare – get out of my doctor’s examining room, I’m wearing a paper-thin gown slit down the back. Don’t touch my junk, Google – Street View is cool, but get off my street. Don’t touch my junk, you airport security goon – my package belongs to no one but me, and do you really think I’m a Nigerian nut job preparing for my 72-virgin orgy by blowing my johnson to kingdom come?

The Hammer goes on a nice little rant, here. You definitely want to read this one in its entirety.

Erick Erickson has a  first hand account of Another TSA Outrage.

This time …American servicemen are the victims.

RWN:The 25 Best Ann Coulter Quotes About Liberals

Love this one:

20) Americans cannot comprehend how their fellow countrymen could not love their country. But the left’s anti-Americanism is intrinsic to their entire worldview. Liberals promote the right of Islamic fanatics for the same reason they promote the rights of adulterers, pornographers, abortionists, criminals, and Communists. They instinctively root for anarchy against civilization.

The Other McCain: BREAKING: Renee Ellmers Wins Recount; Bob Etheridge to Concede; UPDATE: In Concession Speech, Dem Says He Was Victim of ‘Dirty Politics’

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